2014–15 FC Basel season

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FC Basel
2014–15 season
Chairman Switzerland Bernhard Heusler
Manager Portugal Paulo Sousa
Ground St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
Super League Champions
Swiss Cup Runners-up
Champions League Group stage 2nd
Eliminated in
Round of 16
Top goalscorer League: Albania Gashi (21)
All: Albania Gashi (25)
Highest home attendance Swiss League:
33,372 vs. Zürisch
(9 August 2014)
Champions League:
36,000 vs. Liverpool
(1 October 2014)
36,000 vs. Real Madrid
(26 November 2014 )
Lowest home attendance Swiss League:
25,304 vs. Vaduz
(28 February 2015)
Champions League:
34,464 vs. Porto
(28 February 2015)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2014–15 FC Basel season is the 122nd season in club history and the club's 20th consecutive season in the top flight of Swiss football. Basel are the reigning Swiss Super League champions. They prepared their season with various warm-up matches against teams from Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic. Their 2014–15 Swiss Super League season began on 19 July with an away game against Aarau. Basel were qualified to the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League in the group stage. They were drawn into Group B against Real Madrid, Liverpool and Ludogorets Razgrad and started on 16 July with the away tie against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. In the first round of the 2014–15 Swiss Cup, played on 23 August 2014, Basel were drawn away against CS Italia. The final was played on 7 June 2015.

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Basel's team manager was Paulo Sousa. On 28 May 2014, Basel announced he had signed a three-year contract.[1] His assistants were Ignacio Torreño, Víctor Sánchez and Manuel Cordeiro, all three of which were brought in by Sousa. Massimo Colomba remained the goalkeeper coach. Massimo Ceccaroni was head of the FCB Youth System, while the head coach of the Youth Team (U–21) was Thomas Häberli.

Position Staff
Manager Portugal Paulo Sousa
since 18 June 2014
1 Assistant manager Ignacio Torreño
2 Assistant manager Víctor Sánchez
3 Assistant manager Manuel Cordeiro
Goalkeeper Coach Switzerland Massimo Colomba
Team Administration Switzerland Gustav Nussbaumer
Youth Team Coach Switzerland Thomas Häberli
Youth Team Co-Coach Switzerland Roland Heri

Last updated: 1 July 2014
Source: FCB Official Site

Further information[edit]

Chairman Switzerland Mr Bernhard Heusler
Vice Chairman Switzerland Mr Adrian Knup
Finances Switzerland Mr Stephan Werthmüller
Sportdirector Switzerland Mr Georg Heitz
Marketing Switzerland Mr René Kamm
Ground (capacity and dimensions) St. Jakob-Park (38,512[2])
(37,500 for international matches)[3] / 120x80 m)

Last updated: 1 July 2014
Source: FCB Official Site

Overview[edit]

Offseason and preseason[edit]

At the end of the 2013–14 FC Basel season, four first-team players left the club to continue their careers elsewhere: Yann Sommer to Borussia Mönchengladbach; Valentin Stocker to Hertha BSC; Kay Voser to Fulham; and Admir Seferagić to Schaffhausen. Moreover, David Degen retired from football. Basel's four biggest signings for the beginning of the new season were Tomáš Vaclík from Sparta Prague; Yoichiro Kakitani from Cerezo Osaka; Derlis González from Benfica; and Shkëlzen Gashi from Grasshopper. Also new to the team were Luca Zuffi, who transferred from Thun, and Walter Samuel, who joined from Internazionale on a free transfer.

Midseason[edit]

During the winter break, two team members transferred to Bundesliga clubs: Serey Dié to VfB Stuttgart and Marcelo Díaz to Hamburger SV. Two further players were loaned out: Naser Aliji to Vaduz from 17 January until 30 June 2015, and Giovanni Sio to Bastia from 1 February until 30 June 2015. In the other direction, on 10 January, Basel announced that left-back Adama Traoré had joined from Vitória de Guimarães, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.[4]

The campaign[edit]

Domestic league[edit]

Basel's primary objective for the season was to win the Swiss Super League for the sixth-straight year. Basel's 2014–15 Swiss Super League season began well with an away victory on 19 July against Aarau. Basel won their next three matches as well, two at home against Luzern and Zürich and one away against Thun. However, this run was stopped in the fifth round after Basel lost 2–0 at home to St. Gallen, with Albert Bunjaku scoring both goals for the guests. Two further victories, away against Sion in the Stade Tourbillon and at home against Young Boys, were followed by a defeat at the Letzigrund against Grasshopper. At this time, criticism started mounting against new manager Paulo Sousa from the local press, in part due to his continual squad rotation. A home win against Vaduz was followed by a disappointing home draw against Thun and an upsetting defeat against St. Gallen at the AFG Arena. By this time, criticism had risen to its highest, even from the local fan clubs. However, following four wins from the following five league matches, the negative voices slowly changed into a positive direction. In round 17, as league leaders, Basel played the away tie against second-placed Zürich and won 2–1; Shkëlzen Gashi scored both goals. At the end of the first half of the season, Basel, with 41 points, led the league table, eight points ahead of their nearest rivals Zürich and the Young Boys.

Domestic cup[edit]

Basel's clear aim for the 2014–15 Swiss Cup was to regain the title. In the previous two seasons, they had ended both cup competitions as runners-up. They started in the first round on 23 August with the away tie in Geneva against CS Italien, a team from the 2. Liga (the sixth tier of the Swiss football league system). Matías Delgado, Breel Embolo, Fabian Frei and Shkëlzen Gashi scored the goals, in that order, as Basel won 4–0 to proceed into the second round. In the away tie, on 20 September, they also won 4–0 against Winterthur, the first goal being scored by Mohamed Elneny and the other three from Embolo. The third round tie on 29 October saw Basel play away against Wohlen, who were then the Swiss Challenge League leaders. The small Stadion Niedermatten was sold out with over 4,000 fans present, as Yoichiro Kakitani, Giovanni Sio and again Embolo scored the goals as Basel won 3–1. The quarter-finals were played on 4 March 2015 and Basel were drawn with an away match against Münsingen. This was won 6–1 with Kakitani scoring three goals. The semi-final was played at the AFG Arena against St. Gallen on 8 April. Goal scorers were Džengis Čavušević for St. Gallen, Gashi (twice) as well as an own goal from Mario Mutsch for Basel as Basel won 3–1. The Final will be played on 7 June 2015 in St. Jakob-Park against Sion.

Champions League[edit]

Basel entered into the Champions League in the group stage. Their initial aim is to remain in the competition and reach the knockout phase. Basel were drawn into Group B against Real Madrid, Liverpool and Ludogorets Razgrad.

Real Madrid (16 September 2014)

Basels first game was on 16 September, the away tie against Real in the stadium Santiago Bernabéu. This first tie turned out very bad for Basel, Marek Suchý with an own goal after just 14 minutes started a bad phase, then Bale (30th min.), Ronaldo (31) and Rodríguez (37) scored further goals to put Real four goals ahead within just a few minutes. Although González (38) pulled one back soon after, Benzema (79) netted the last and Basel lost 1–5. Despite the fact that Basel had 48% ball possession, they were never really in the game.

Liverpool (1 October 2014)

The second tie was on 1 October at home to Liverpool. In front of a full house Streller scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute and Basel won 1–0. According to the Eufa report[5] Basel had more ball possession (56%), more corners (8–4), less offsides (2–7), fewer yellow cards (1–3), fewer fouls (9–10) and more passes (430–322).

Ludogorets Razgrad (22 October 2014)

On 22 October Basel played their third tie away from home against Ludogorets Razgrad. After a good start by Basel, they were up against difficulties as from the 18th minute because Geoffroy Serey Die was shown a red card for a challenge on Cosmin Moţi. Basel fought well and it looked like it would end in a goalless draw until in the 92nd minute as Wanderson slipped a pass to Yordan Minev on the left. The full-back cut inside his marker onto his right foot and drilled at goal low from 20 metres, the ball sliding into the near corner with goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík caught wrongfooted. Ludogorets Razgrad won the game 1–0. At the end of the day, because Liverpool lost at home against Real, three teams were then equal on three points, Basel, Liverpool and Ludogorets Razgrad.[6]

Ludogorets Razgrad (4 November 2014)

The return match against Ludogorets Razgrad was on 4 November. Breel Embolo (34), Derlis González (41), Shkëlzen Gashi (59) and Marek Suchý (65) scored the goals as Basel played their best game in the Champions League and won 4–0.[7]

Real Madrid (26 November 2014)

The return match against Real Madrid was three weeks after the Ludogorets Razgrad game on 26 November. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the match as Real Madrid secured the top position in Group B and maintained their 100% record with the victory against Basel.

Liverpool (9 December 2014)

Basel's last game in the group stage was the away tie in Anfield against Liverpool. In second position in the group and with a two-point advantage over the Reds, Basel only needed the draw to secure their first knockout-stage appearance since season 2011/12. Liverpool required all three points to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2008/09. Fabian Frei scored for Basel after 25 minutes, a low left footed shot, after receiving the pass from Luca Zuffi he fired in from just outside the box. Basel dominated the first half and thoroughly deserved to be in the lead. Liverpool's Lazar Marković was sent off in the 60th minute after he threw his hand into Behrang Safari's face. In the 81st minute Steven Gerrard scored the equalizer from a direct free-kick. But Basel held on until the final whistle and the one all draw saw them advance to the Champions League knockout phase, while Liverpool fell into the UEFA Europa League knockout phase.[8]

Champions League knockout phase[edit]

Basel's initial Champions League aim, to remain in the competition and reach the knockout phase was achieved herewith. With the draw to the round of 16 there were indeed hopes that the could reach the next round and the next aim was communicated as reaching the quarterfinals.

Porto (18 February 2015)

Basel were drawn with the first game at home in the St. Jakob-Park to Porto. It was great atmosphere in the stadium even before the teams emerged from the tunnel. There was a decent-sized pocket of Porto fans, but they did well to make themselves heard. The attendance was a total of 34,464 spectators. Basel started the game well and in the eleventh minute Fabian Frei floated a long ball over the top of the defence and Derlis Gonzalez controlled the ball well, his finish was clever with the outside of his right boot and it's ramped up the noise even further. It was Gonzalez's third Champions League goal of the season. Porto responded and took control of the match, suddenly the game had greater fluidity. Porto had up to 60% ball possession, they created chances, but Basel held on well. Eventually Portos efforts paid off as they were awarded a penalty in the 79' minute, Danilo scored from the spot. It was a precise penalty into the bottom corner to Tomáš Vaclík's right and Porto got the away goal that they so badly wanted. A total of nine yellow cards were given during the match. At the end both teams seemed content to go into the return fixture at 1–1. The furious, physical nature of the game had evaporated somewhat as the game approached the final whistle.[9]

Porto (10 March 2015)

Before this second leg, all talk was about how Porto would cope without Jackson Martínez, after their forward and captain was ruled out for "several weeks" with a groin problem. But the second leg in Estádio do Dragão started badly for Basel. Yacine Brahimi superbly executed a free kick in the 14th minute to put Porto one up. Any hopes that Basel had were vanquished soon after half-time as Héctor Herrera made it 2–0, bending in a shot from the edge of the penalty area. Casemiro scored with a wonderful free-kick just a few minutes later. Finally, it was Vincent Aboubakar's fine shot, after he turned around Walter Samuel, before rifling in from over 20 Meters with some 14 minutes left that gave the 4–0 end result. Samuel, who conceded the set piece for the opening goal, ended the evening with another low because he was sent off. The second leg was fairer than the physically aggressive first leg, a total of four yellow cards and one red were shown during the return match.[10]

Basel's Champions League aims ended here, but the Champion League campaign can be described as being a very successful adventure.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

The following is the list of the Basel first team squad. It also includes players that were in the squad the day the season started on 19 July but subsequently left the club after that date.

As of 1 July 2014 [11]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Tomáš Vaclík
3 Ivory Coast DF Adama Traoré
4 Switzerland DF Philipp Degen
5 Switzerland DF Arlind Ajeti
6 Argentina DF Walter Samuel
7 Switzerland MF Luca Zuffi
8 Ivory Coast MF Serey Die
9 Switzerland FW Marco Streller (Captain)
10 Argentina MF Matías Delgado
11 Albania MF Shkëlzen Gashi
13 Bulgaria DF Ivan Ivanov
14 Japan FW Yoichiro Kakitani
16 Switzerland DF Fabian Schär
17 Czech Republic DF Marek Suchý
No. Position Player
18 Switzerland GK Germano Vailati
19 Sweden DF Behrang Safari
20 Switzerland MF Fabian Frei (vice-captain)
21 Chile MF Marcelo Díaz
23 Switzerland GK Pascal Albrecht
24 Egypt FW Ahmed Hamoudi
25 Paraguay FW Derlis González
26 Argentina DF Gastón Sauro
27 Switzerland DF Naser Aliji
30 Ivory Coast FW Giovanni Sio
33 Egypt MF Mohamed Elneny
34 Albania MF Taulant Xhaka
36 Switzerland FW Breel Embolo
39 Switzerland MF Davide Callà

Out on loan[edit]

Switzerland MF Darko Jevtić (on loan at Lech Poznań from 11 June 2014 until 30 June 2015)[12]
Switzerland GK Mirko Salvi (on loan at Biel from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2015)[13]
26 Argentina DF Gastón Sauro (on loan at Calcio Catania from 21 August 2014 until 30 June 2015)[14]
Switzerland DF Michael José Gonçalves (on loan at Wil from 12 January until 30 June 2015)[15]
27 Switzerland DF Naser Aliji (on loan at Vaduz from 17 January until 30 June 2015)[16]
30 Ivory Coast FW Giovanni Sio (on loan to Bastia from 1 February until 30 June 2015)[17]

Transfers summer 2014[edit]

In[edit]

1 Czech Republic GK Tomáš Vaclík (from Sparta Prague)[18]
6 Argentina DF Walter Samuel (from Inter Milan Free transfer)[19]
7 Switzerland MF Luca Zuffi (from FC Thun)
11 Albania MF Shkëlzen Gashi (from Grasshopper Club Zürich)[20]
14 Japan FW Yoichiro Kakitani (from Cerezo Osaka)
25 Paraguay FW Derlis González (from S.L. Benfica)

Out[edit]

Switzerland GK Yann Sommer (to Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Switzerland MF David Degen (end of football career)[21]
Switzerland MF Valentin Stocker (to Hertha BSC)
Switzerland DF Kay Voser (to Fulham)[22]
Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Admir Seferagić (to Schaffhausen)[13]

Transfers winter 2014/15[edit]

In[edit]

3 Ivory Coast DF Adama Traoré (from Melbourne Victory)[4]

Out[edit]

8 Ivory Coast MF Serey Die (to VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga)[23]
21 Chile MF Marcelo Díaz (to Bundesliga club Hamburger SV)[24]

Results and Fixtures[edit]

Kickoff times are in CET

Legend[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Friendly matches[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Winter break[edit]

Mid season[edit]

Swiss Super League[edit]

First half of season[edit]

Second half of season[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Basel (C) 36 24 6 6 84 41 +43 78 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
2 Young Boys 36 19 9 8 64 45 +19 66
3 Zürich 36 15 8 13 55 48 +7 53 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
4 Thun 36 13 13 10 47 45 +2 52 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
5 Luzern 36 12 11 13 54 46 +8 47
Source: Swiss Super League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) Champion.
Results summary[edit]
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
36 24 6 6 84 41  +43 78 12 4 2 43 15  +28 12 2 4 41 26  +15

Last updated: 29 May 2015.
Source: Fussballdaten.de

Swiss Cup[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RM BSL LIV LUD
1 Spain Real Madrid 6 6 0 0 16 2 +14 18 Advance to knockout phase 5–1 1–0 4–0
2 Switzerland Basel 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7 0–1 1–0 4–0
3 England Liverpool 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 5 Transfer to Europa League 0–3 1–1 2–1
4 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 6 1 1 4 5 14 −9 4 1–2 1–0 2–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes
  1. ^ Ludogorets Razgrad play their home matches at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia instead of their regular stadium, Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad.

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 15 December 2014. The first legs of the knockout phase were played on 17, 18, 24 and 25 February, and the second legs played on 10, 11, 17 and 18 March 2015.

Porto won 5–1 on aggregate.

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